ASUS ROG Chimera G703 Gaming Laptop Review

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The packaging is minimalist in the extreme. There is a giant ROG logo and that's it. Nothing on the back. Nothing on the sides. It is ASUS saying "we think the ROG logo is enough to convince you to buy whatever is inside". And they're probably correct.

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  

As our review sample is a very early model we haven't received any of the expected ROG goodies, but equally once you've given yourself a hernia lifting the laptop from the box - we jest, but it's hefty - there is probably little else on your mind save firing it up. Certainly you can spend a long time just admiring it. It's gorgeous. It feels hewn from a single piece of aluminium and even the hinges, so often the weak point on a laptop, are robust and smooth.

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  
ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  

There are plenty of connectivity options built into the chassis too. There are USB 3.1 ports on both sides, with a Type-C on the left and the rest Type-A. There is also a memory card reader, audio out, LAN port and display outputs around the back should you wish to use a multi-monitor setup or broadcast your Powerpoint presentation to the world. The power input eschews the standard jack plug style affair for a very solid locking mechanism. Whilst this ensures nobody will trip over your power cable and pull it out, it does mean they'll take the laptop with them. The copper does give us a great opportunity to show off the brushed finish that adorns the whole topside of the chassis though. Lovely.

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  
ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  
ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  

Once those beautiful hinges have swivelled open you get your first look at the keyboard and track pad. We've seen a lot of trackpads that have blended the LMB/RMB buttons into the pad itself, but we like the reassurance of the satisfying click the old school style buttons brings to the table. The keyboard itself is full nKey rollover and RGB, with plenty of additional buttons to cover your streaming and gaming needs.

The coating on the screen is worthy of particular praise. We pointed one of our photography lamps at it, uncovered, from about three foot away and as you can see the light has been diffused tremendously well. To have this level of anti-glare without compromising the image clarity is a difficult task and one the G703 accomplishes with aplomb.

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  
ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  

ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  
ASUS ROG G703 Gaming Laptop Review  

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Most Recent Comments

26-10-2017, 12:23:48

Great review TTL. Having spent a lot of time with the Alienware 17 with a similar high end spec and then the MSI GT75VR the Chimera seems very interesting.

The cooling system looks very good im glad the Asus has separate cooling fans and heat pipes for both the cpu and gpu. It sound like at 96c the cooling solution is doing a good job of keeping the 7820hk under control. I suspect with better thermal paste and a slight undervolting you could probably get <90c overclocked. The price is about what I would have expected. I just hope that the EU gets 2 years rather than the paltry 1 year asus offers on some of their higher end laptops.

How was the panel? was there any flex in it? Did it look great? How did it sound?Quote

26-10-2017, 13:24:02

Panel looked amazing, no flex (as I mentioned) and it sounded as good as you'd expect a high end laptop to sound.Quote

26-10-2017, 13:39:10


Not bad at all for a gaming laptop, very impressed given that it's a desktop GPU. Kudos Asus.Quote

26-10-2017, 13:49:46

I had a ROG laptop once and it was a work of art. Seriously, just massively over engineered in every aspect.Quote

03-11-2017, 13:16:19

96C CPU temp brings up a lot of questions. But before this let's consider the previous flagship, the G701VIK. That one had 7820HK CPU too. When running 4.3 GHz even during the most CPU intensive gaming (BF1, ROTTR) it maxed out at 84C with turbo fan. So this brings up the question, why does the Chimera with better cooling have higher CPU temp?
A ) did you run the CPU 4.3 GHz clocked ?
B ) were you gaming or running synthetic tests ?
C ) were you using auto fan or turbo fan? I

If you got 96c in Games with turbo fan and noncpu oc then your review unit is defective and needs a repaste.

However if CPU temp is around 80C running the most CPU intensive games at 4.3 GHz, then the CPU temp is perfectly normal.

Please add this information to the review because it is too important to leave out and can be a deal breaker for people considering this laptop.
I assume you dont test gaming laptops very often, so this was a good experience for the reviewer.Quote

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